Who is the “He” in 2 Thessalonians 2:7?

February 28, 2014   |   Category: Blog   |  

The “he” in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 is not referring to the church because Revelation 13:7 specifically shows the Antichrist warring against the saints. Saints are definitely a part of the church. Also in the first four verses of 2 Thessalonians 2 Paul taught that the second coming and the rapture could not happen until there was a falling away first and the man of sin was revealed. The “he” in verse seven also cannot be the Holy Spirit. Daniel 11 shows the people who know there God during the tribulation will be strong and do exploits. Revelation 11 also shows the two witnesses ministering during that time. The power that these people will use will inevitably be the same power that the church uses today which comes from the Holy Ghost.


To understand who the “he” is you have to understand verse 6. It plainly tells us that the factor holding the Antichrist back is time. This makes perfect sense because of the prophecy of Daniel 9:27. We learn here that in the middle of the final 7 years the abomination of desolation will take place. This is when the Antichrist reveals himself, so God has foretold the specific timing of revealing of the Antichrist. God’s word is forever settle so there is no way that the Antichrist can be revealed at any other time. So God’s timing is the factor. So the “he” in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 is referring to God or his timing. Many jump to the conclusion that the phrase “taken out of the way” refers to being completely removed from the scene. However if I am blocking traffic with a cone in the middle of the road, I can move that cone to the side of the road and traffic would begin to flow yet the cone would still be on the road. So God has determined the time that the Antichrist will be revealed and until that time is met the Antichrist cannot be revealed.

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8 Responses to “Who is the “He” in 2 Thessalonians 2:7?”

  1. Michael

    This is a great commentary there are only a few things I have issues with. First this assumes the Greek word “apostasia” is forced into being referred to as a revolt or a rebellion. According to the Greek Lexicon from Liddel and Scott these are the four ways this word can grammatically be used in the Greek language.
    ἀπο-στᾰσία, ἡ, late form for ἀπόστασις, defection, revolt, v.l. in D.H.7.1, J.Vit.10, Plu.Galb.1; esp. in religious sense, rebellion against God, apostasy, LXX Jo.22.22, 2 Ep.Th.2.3.
    2. departure, disappearance, Olymp. in Mete.320.2.
    3. distinguishing, c. gen., Elias in Cat.119.7.
    4. distance, Archim.Aren.1.5.

    If we let the context describe the noun here. The most logical way to apply apostasia is in its original form without the transliteration applied to it.

    The Bible translators who translated the King James Version added an interpretation of the word instead of letting the reader decide. Other Bibles before the KJV simply translated the word to “departure” and did not seek to interpret what kind of departure Paul was talking about.

    Going back to my point if you let the context describe “the departure” (definite article there), the context being “The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Gathering together to be with him” It would make very reasonable sense for Paul to tell us the Day of the Lord did not come because the departure from earth to meet Jesus in the air (something he literally just wrote about one chapter ago) hadn’t happened yet.

    Then if you follow this harmony vs 6-8 make much better sense where it says something is taken away before the lawless one is revealed.

    In Revelation 13 indeed the saints have to war against the “Beast” but we have to remember the remnant of Israel are also considered saints. In the Book of Daniel the Church had not been revealed but the Angel uses the word “saints”… which just means holy or set apart for God. It makes perfect sense now where Paul says that he sets himself up in the Temple of God as if he were God. That requires a Hebrew remnant and a Temple of Yahweh, something that the Church has nothing to do with. If you look at the Book of Revelation with an Old Testament lens things become much clearer after chapter 3 ends.

  2. Mike Spivey

    So you’re saying during the Great Tribulation period, where God pours out His wrath on the earth, He will do so on His Church.? What about 1 Thessalonians 5:9 NASB
    “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”

    • Doug Norvell

      No the great tribulation isn’t God’s wrath, it is Satan’s wrath. Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

      And notice what his short time of wrath is; Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

      For a time, times and a half of time. This is the tribulation 3 1/2 years. Daniel also tells us this;

      Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

      Notice the antichrist makes war against the Saints, for this same exact period. John tells us in a different measure of time, so we can conclude this is 3 1/2 years.

      Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
      6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
      7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

      42 months, the wrath of Satan will last also known as the great tribulation, Jesus says He is coming to get us immediately after this;

      Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
      30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
      31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

      Now, if you will notice at this same event/the gathering of the elect, wrath will begin to be poured out;

      Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
      13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
      14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
      15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
      16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
      17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

  3. Brother Kenechukwu Dennis

    I am in total agreement with your submission. It is unfortunate that many in the Church has based the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine on the same scripture. This is the best commentary I have seen on 2 Thess 2:7. I thank God for this clarification

  4. Brother Kenechukwu Dennis

    I am in total agreement with your submission. It is unfortunate that many in the Church has based the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine on the same scripture. This is the best commentary I have seen on 2 Thess 2:7. I thank God

  5. Brother Kenechukwu Dennis

    I bless God for your commentary on 2 Thess 2::7. I would say it is the most meaningful I have seen and I agree with it. The “he” could either be God or time. Unfortunately some that preach pre tribulation rapture has used

  6. Pastor John Swanson

    In studying this verse, I discovered that the word (He) in the greek is used as a neuter. Therefore in the translation they used the word (He) which is a masculine pronoun. It should read, Until (it) was been taken out of the way. Something needs to be removed and then the lawless one will be revealed. I like your explaination that it possibly could be time itself. Time has to expire or be exhausted before the lawless one is revealed. It seems as we move ever forward in time, we see ungodliness in ways, we have never seen before. The whole package of evil seems to be on the upsurge while society makes no effort to stand against pure evil in this world. I shudder to think that more evil would be on its way into our world with nothing to prevent it. The tide of evil is rising to new levels.